Best Hidden Gem New Orleans Restaurants | Roadfood Bests
Hidden gem New Orleans restaurants that serve great food and a taste of New Orleans culture. Po boys, oysters, bbq, ice cream, and more!
While it is possible to eat well for days (weeks, months!) just walking around New Orleans, a car provides access to some of NOLA’s more far-flung culinary highlights that not everyone knows about. The list below will take you around the city to six of our favorite New Orleans hidden gem restaurants. You’ll find great food and a true taste of the city’s culture and history .
Hidden Gem New Orleans Eats – Po Boys, Gumbo, Oysters, BBQ, and More
- Rocky and Carlo’s originally opened in 1965 and since then has survived hurricanes, floods and a devastating fire in 2012. Some of the fantastic items on the menu include a po boy sandwich, onion rings and a bowl of seafood gumbo. The standout dish is definitely the macaroni and cheese that is made from percatelli tubes and not the usual elbow noodles.
- For anyone looking for good barbecue in New Orleans The Joint is the place to go. Although ribs are not fall off the bone tender, they are outstanding and in this case, the process of gnawing on the bone improves the meal. Also served are fantastic BBQ beans, and multiple sides including macaroni and cheese and a potato salad.
- Although spaghetti and meatballs are served at Casamento’s, we recommend you order what they are known for best, seafood. Oysters served on the half shell are, of course, one of our favorite dishes. They also have an excellent oyster loaf. Be warned they are closed Monday through Wednesday and all of June, July and August.
- Mosca’s is quite bland from outside, there isn’t anything special about the exterior of the building. However, it is a true New Orleans hidden gem. The food served inside is some of the best Italian food anywhere. Our favorite dishes are “Spaghetti Bordelaise,” simply thin noodles with oil and butter, an oyster casserole called “Oysters Mosca,” and chicken saute called “Chicken a la Grande.” Everything is served family style, so come with a group.
World’s Best Cannoli and Original Shaved Ice
- Located in the French quarter, Angelo Brocato sells what is possibly the best cannoli in the world. The filling isn’t injected into the cookie shell until after the treat has been ordered which allows it to maintain its flavor as well as texture. Also served is excellent gelato and baked Alaska, a cake like dessert that was first created when the United States acquired Alaska in the 1860’s.
- It may be a surprise to some that the original shaved ice machine was invented in New Orleans by Hansen’s Sno-Bliz in 1939. After 69 years, the business is still serving excellent shaved ice with a texture that places it between that of sorbet and ice cream. When ordering your syrup, be sure to ask for condensed milk to be added on top to give the treat an extra creamy element.
A longtime New Orleans favorite, Angelo Brocato is a friendly ice cream parlor that also has great pastries: the best cannoli anywhere.
A great Italian Cajun eating hall out in St. Bernard Parish, Rocky and Carlo's serves serves memorable mac & cheese and four-star gumbo.
A New Orleans best bet for oysters, Casamento's is known for its oyster loaf: like an oversize po boy with crackle-crusted fried oysters.
Mosca's is a vintage roadhouse restaurant outside New Orleans, Louisiana, that serves spectacular Italian fare with a south-Louisiana twist.
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